The University hockey team will meet Princeton for the second time this year in the Arena this evening at 8.15 o'clock. The game will probably be the most important single factor in deciding the year's intercollegiate championship as Princeton is considered to have the best team in the Intercollegiate League, of which Harvard is not a member and a victory for the University would place the team first in the running for the championship. A decisive victory for Princeton would put it undeniably at the head of college teams in the East, since it has already defeated Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell.
The first game between the two teams was played at New York on a rink much smaller than the Arena. On this rink the University men were able to keep Baker, Princeton's star rover, effectively covered. Tonight he and his teammates will have a better chance to get their fast attack under way, and after it is once started, the University defence will have a hard task to break it up. On the other hand, the University men are accustomed to the Arena, while Princeton has played there only once this year.
Progress of University Team.
Since the game in New York a week ago Wednesday, the University forwards have improved in speed, but still seem to be weak in scoring ability. This may or may not be due to the fact that the defences against which they play in practice know their game. At any rate, they can hardly be expected to come up to Princeton's standard. The team must rely primarily on its defensive work as it did in New York; and then on a forward line, which though not able to keep the puck much about Princeton's goal, will have the faculty of scoring when it does force play to that end of the rink.
It is interesting to note that of the fourteen men who will start the game, ten prepared at St. Paul's School, Concord, N. H. Blackall, Duncan and Pierce of the University team, and Kalbfleisch of Princeton are the only men who did not come from that school.
Practice for the University team last evening was very light, consisting only of a short try-out for the forwards against the defence. Tickets for the game may be obtained at Wright and Ditson's or at the box office of the Arena.
The line-ups for tonight's game will be as follows: